Answers to the most commonly asked questions about acupuncture treatment.
How do I find an Acupuncturist or Oriental Medicine Practitioner/ie. are you qualified?
Shannon is both a licensed acupuncturist by the state of Colorado as well as a graduate of a nationally accredited school holding her Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine(MSTCM or DOM).
What kinds of conditions can be treated by Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine?
There has been extensive research evidencing acupuncture as effective in helping patients with many of the conditions listed by the WHO as well as many others. It does more than simply relieve the symptoms. The aim of acupuncture is to treat the whole patient and restore balance between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual. Many people also use acupuncture as a preventative treatment, which is the most important benefit of this medicine.
How big are the needles and does it hurt?
How do I know if it's working?
Acupuncture has a cumulative effect, and while working to get to the root cause of the main issue you may discover some positive benefits along the way. “Side effects” may include better sleep, easier digestion, decreased stress/stress response, more energy and sharper focus. It is also common for other unrelated ailments to improve, as acupuncture may act as a reset button for the whole body.
My MD, PT, and/or chiropractor does acupuncture or dry needling. What's the difference?
It wasn’t until Chinese medicine made it into the United States that the practice of dry needling adopted the use of the thinner, more comfortable traditional acupuncture needle. Unfortunately, many practitioners not trained in the classical art of Chinese acupuncture will use large manipulation techniques with the needles which can cause a large amount of discomfort to the patient as well as a greater risk of injury. This brings into question the amount and quality of training that PT’s, chiropractor’s, and even MD’s receive when learning “dry needling”. Sometimes the training is as little as 25 hours, verses the 500+ hours of clinically supervised training traditional acupuncturists receive.
While direct treatment of trigger points to muscles has proven to be effective, the holistic lens of the traditionally trained acupuncturist is also lost. In the eye of the holistic practitioner, pain is not always simply from muscle tissue gone awry. There may be underlying factors causing the pain as well as a whole body treatment needed to insure the patient will walk away without pain.